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Active Registered Voters as of 10/06/2014
Democratic: 305,877
Republican: 244,826
Other: 215,290
Total: 765,993

Vote By Mail 

Vote By Mail provides a convenient and secure alternative to voting in person. Vote By Mail, formerly known as Absentee Voting, is available to all qualified, registered Hillsborough County voters. To submit a Vote By Mail request, click here.  

Once you've received and completed your Vote By Mail ballot, seal the envelope, sign it and return it to our office. Your ballot must be in our office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

Did you forget to sign your Vote By Mail envelope?  New legislation went into effect on January 1, 2014, that allows voters to sign an affidavit if they forget to sign the Voter's Certificate. This affidavit must be completed and returned no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

Click on any topic below to get answers to the questions most often asked about Vote By Mail:

What is the status of my Vote By Mail ballot?

What is Vote By Mail?

What's the difference between Vote By Mail and voting absentee?

Who can Vote By Mail?

How do I request a Vote By Mail ballot?

What if I fail to sign my Vote By Mail ballot? 

Do I need to Request a Vote By Mail ballot for every election?

When is the deadline to request or return a Vote By Mail ballot?

How can I return my Vote By Mail ballot?

Can a family member request my ballot for me?

Can someone else pick up my mail ballot for me? 

When will I receive my ballot?

Can I request a replacement ballot?

Military and Overseas Voters


What is Vote By Mail?
Vote By Mail is a method of voting that gives you the comfort and convenience of receiving and marking your ballot in the privacy of your own home. With Vote By Mail, you don't have to travel to your Election Day precinct, or to an Early Voting location!

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What's the difference between Vote By Mail and voting absentee?
Voters no longer need to be physically "absent" to Vote By Mail. All registered voters can request, receive and return a Vote By Mail Ballot.

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Who can Vote By Mail?
Vote By Mail is open to ALL qualified, registered voters in Hillsborough County.

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How do I request a Vote By Mail ballot?
1. Online : Vote By Mail Ballot Request
2. By Phone: (813) 612-4180
3. By E-mail: mailto:%20absentee@hcsoe.org
4. By Fax: (813) 744-5843
5. In Person: At any of our Supervisor of Elections Offices
*Please include the voter's name, address and date of birth with the request*
BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE - Be sure to provide your current mailing address.

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What if I fail to sign my Vote By Mail ballot?
If you returned your Vote By Mail (absentee) Ballot to your supervisor of elections, but forgot to sign the ballot, your ballot will not count unless you complete and return this form no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Please follow the instructions on the form carefully, as failure to follow these instructions may cause your ballot not to count.

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Do I need to request a Vote By Mail ballot for every election?
No - You may request a Vote By Mail Ballot for a specific election, or through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. 

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When is the deadline to request or return a Vote By Mail ballot?
The deadline to request that a ballot be mailed to you is 5 p.m. on the sixth day prior to Election Day. Our office must receive your ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

You can also visit one of our offices and receive a Vote By Mail ballot in person at any time prior to Election Day. New legislation which went into effect January 1, 2014 specifies that Vote By Mail voting and ballot pick up on Election Day is only permitted in case of emergency. A voter or voter's designee must sign an affidavit affirming that the voter is unable to go to his or her polling place on Election Day due to an emergency and provide the reason for the emergency. This affidavit and the information provided becomes a public record when submitted to the Supervisor of Elections. A voter who willfully affirms falsely to any affirmation in connection with an election can be convicted of a felony of the third degree, punishable pursuant to Florida Statutes 104.011 and 104.041. 

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How can I return my Vote By Mail ballot?
1. By Mail: Just use the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided with your ballot  
2. In Person: At any of our Early Vote Sites 
3. In Person: At any of our Supervisor of Elections Offices

To return your voted mail ballot, insert it in the secrecy envelope, then place the secrecy envelope in the return envelope. After you seal the return envelope, sign and date the back of the envelope. A voted mail ballot cannot be accepted at a polling place on Election Day.

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Can a family member request my ballot for me?
Only your immediate family or legal guardian can request a Vote By Mail Ballot for you. Immediate family members include: spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or legal guardian. The request from your immediate family member must include: voter's name, address and date of birth, and the requester's name, address, driver license number (if available), relationship to the voter, and signature.

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Can someone else pick up my mail ballot for me?
Yes. Beginning five days before Election Day, you may designate a person to pick up your Vote By Mail ballot. Your designee will need a written request from you and a photo ID and will be asked to complete this Affidavit to Pick-up an Absentee Ballot for a Voter. If you have not already requested a ballot, the Affidavit must be accompanied by this completed Vote By Mail request.

To receive a Vote By Mail ballot on Election Day, you must also complete the Election Day Absentee Ballot Delivery Affidavit to affirm that you have an emergency keeping you from being able to go to your assigned polling place to vote.  NOTE: Any person who provides or offers to provide, and any person who accepts, a pecuniary or other benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, delivering, or otherwise physically possessing more than two absentee ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member, except as provided in F.S. 101.6105-101.695, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in F.S. 775.082, 775.083 or 775.084. (Effective January 1, 2014)

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When will I receive my ballot?
Ballots are mailed out within two business days of processing your request. You can also  track the status of your request.

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Can I request a replacement ballot?
Yes! You are entitled to receive up to two replacement ballots if you make a mistake prior to the casting of your ballot.

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Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections regarding business constitute public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Therefore, your e-mail address and message may be subject to public disclosure.